Friday, January 24, 2014

Week 3 Friday (1/24/14)

A big happy birthday to my Aunt Ada Hanson.  I know she is ninety something.  It is scary that I am losing track of ages.

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages 158      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

This is another recipe that is hard to count the calories until you know the weight/lbs. of the pulled pork purchased.  Sorry!

         Pop in another recipe? Whaaaaaat?  Once again, Ree Knows Best.  Hey – I like that title because it sounds like a blast from the past. Okay, I just basically shared my age. For all of you mere pups who don’t understand that reference, there used to be a show named Father Knows Best – fogetaboutit! Another time…another place.                          This is one of the best tasting dishes so far.  I love it so much that this will be a staple in my little household. I tasted a bit of spice at the end and it made me smile and grab a bit of water. WORTH EVERY BITE!

OMG - The pork just pulled away with two little forks!

Today’s critics: 

        Brandy:  Pulled Pork – “ha ha, again, we are opposite, I did not find it to be spicy at fact, I ended up having to smother my sandwich in Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce in order to eat it. Enough said.”
      Nicole shared, “I liked it. It is something different and a nice change-up. I would serve it as an alternate to BBQ pulled pork.”
Why Weight?

         Okay so you may have noticed that I only talk about my weight in regard to how much I have lost and gained over the years.  I am still not comfortable or maybe I just don’t feel safe enough to share those actual numbers.  There will come a time when I do but for now – it remains a secret that only my scale and I share.  We live in such a judgmental society that I want to just focus on my successes, and other than admitting to my past failures, I am not now going to disclose my current weight.  I am also smart enough not to give my highest weight because you math geniuses will work backwards and figure it out.
          The holidays have set me back a little.  I gained five pounds over break and I am still struggling with the last couple.  Some days I have lost 114.4  and the next couple days only 112 pounds.  I am trying to regulate myself but am not back in the swing yet.  Just know that it may take a little while to bounce back after the holiday season. Life can be really hard some days.

Fabulous “Family” Food

         Hanky Pankies are a recipe my Mom has created for as long as I remember. We don’t know where the recipe originated.  This is a great hors de’ ouvre.

Hanky Pankies

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. processed cheese
1 lb. hot pork sausage
1 Tblsp. oregano
½ Tablespoon garlic salt
1 teasp. Worcestershire
1 package party rye bread

Directions:  Brown the meat and then drain. Add cheese and spices.  Mix well.  Spread the mixture on party rye bread.  Freeze on a cookie sheet (for later usage)
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

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